Rick Green
Local News Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.

  • Ten Commandments case returns to judge after ruling to remove monument

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court, which reversed Oklahoma County Judge Thomas Prince's ruling and ordered removal of a Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol grounds, returned the case to him on Thursday. Prince is now required to formally order the monument to be carted away. The case was returned to Prince through a mandate issued by the state Supreme Court. The mandate merely lists the title of the case. Its June 30 ruling spells out what the lower court judge must do.  In that ruling, the Oklahoma Supreme Court said placement of the monument next to the state Capitol runs counter to a provision in the Oklahoma Constitution that prohibits state property from being used to further religions and that it must

  • Oklahoma health officials hope to bring doctors to rural areas

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Oklahoma health officials announced Wednesday they will fight the shortage of doctors in rural areas with a $3.8 million, six-year grant that will be used along with federal funds to open dozens of medical residency slots.

  • Oklahoma's Sen. Inhofe criticizes some in GOP about transportation bill

    By RICK M. GREEN  Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe criticized some members of the Republican Party over their failure to support the $350 billion, six-year transportation bill that was approved by the Senate 65-34. The bill still must be approved by the House.

  • Governor to appoint replacement for labor commissioner

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin said she would name a successor to serve the remainder of slain Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello's term.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers debate funding sources for teacher pay raises

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    When Oklahoma's legislative session resumes in February, lawmakers again will be greeted by teachers eager to point out their average salary of $44,549 is 48th in the nation and last in the region.

  • Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Rick M. Green: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.

  • Gambling habit helped contribute to former state senator’s downfall

    BY NOLAN CLAY AND RICK M. GREEN Staff Writers   | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    TULSA — Former state Sen. Rick Brinkley liked the casinos. Brinkley pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal fraud charge, admitting he took more than $1.8 million from the Better Business Bureau of Tulsa while an official there. He confessed he stole some of the money to gamble. "I used BBB's credit card to make cash withdrawals at automated teller machines located within casinos to support my gambling habit," he acknowledged in a plea agreement filed Thursday. U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. said Brinkley used BBB funds to gamble at casinos both in and outside of Oklahoma. "There were significant amounts of money — several hundreds of thousand of dollars ...

  • Oklahoma Sen. Rick Brinkley pleads guilty to fraud charge after stealing more than $1.8M from BBB

    Nolan Clay and Rick Green | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    TULSA — State Sen. Rick Brinkley pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal fraud charge and resigned from the Legislature, effective immediately.

  • Ashley Madison cheating site had okc.gov, ok.gov, Tinker users

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    The email addresses associated with accounts revealed by hackers for the infidelity site Ashley Madison included users with addresses whose domains were associated with Oklahoma City and state government. The veracity of the data dump hasn't been confirmed.

  • Rep. Tom Cole shows feisty side in Moore, Oklahoma, town hall meeting

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Rep. Cole defends actions of congressional Republicans and tells the crowd, "Read the Constitution."

  • Two nominations for a Pottawatomie County judgeship cause controversy

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com   | Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    The Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission was accused of playing partisan politics when it suggested only two candidates, both Democrats, for a judgeship in Pottawatomie County. It is required by law to submit three candidates.

  • Back of disputed painting lacks Nazi stamp, University of Oklahoma says

    By Rick M. Green, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep" does not contain a sticker showing it was transported out of Paris by the Nazis during World War II, the University of Oklahoma contends.

  • Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Rick M. Green: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015.

  • Oklahoma Ethics Commission suspends rule on some fundraising

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    A rule that barred the use of some state properties for political fundraising and the distribution of campaign materials was suspended Friday by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.

  • GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz discusses his priorities

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz appeals to crowd for money and prayers

  • Initial construction at Oklahoma Capitol reveals project's huge scope

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The goal of the project is to return the Oklahoma state Capitol to a semblance of its original glory. The problem is the nearly 100-year-old building has received some pretty rough treatment.

  • State Democratic Party sues Oklahoma Ethics Commission over fundraising rules

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The Oklahoma Democratic Party has filed a free speech lawsuit over new rules related to fundraising on state property are unconstitutional.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers rack up $1.3M travel bill

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    Mileage and lodging are the most common expenses reported by Oklahoma lawmakers. The expenses have been a point of contention because costs have stayed flat while other Oklahoma state budget items have been cut.

  • Senator tenders resignation amid embezzlement accusations

    By Rick Green | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, has resigned after being accused of embezzling more than $1 million.

  • Oklahoma Legislature's 2015 travel expenses

    BY RICK GREEN | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Reporter Rick Green looks at how much lawmakers have collected this year in travel expenses. For more, check out his story in The Oklahoman on Sunday.





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